Welcome to Bluez Cafe

Bluez Café – building on the rich cultural legacy of Matabeleland the Bluez Cafe aims to establish a vibrant and multi-dimensional cultural space for artists and arts practitioners – a space to create, a space for free expression of cultural identity; a space of tolerance, inclusion, unity, respect, dialogue and compassion. Endorsed by 60 artists of Bulawayo across all genres at a consultative meeting in April 2017, the creative space also provides a point of intersection between the arts and civil society; a democratic space for nation-building, dialogue between communities and reconciliation through the arts.”

The Bluez Cafe was officially opened at the Youth Contact Centre, 98A Lobengula St/8th Ave Extension, Bulawayo, on Africa Day, 25 May 2017.

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Congratulatory message to new Minister

Congratulatory message to new Minister

Congratulatory message to new Minister of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture, Makhosini Hlongwane (MP) In a congratulatory message delivered to the new Minister of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture – Makhosini Hlongwane (MP) – this week, the City of Bulawayo’s Cultural Affairs Office (BCAO) and its partner Nhimbe Trust thanked the government for the continued […]

Nhimbe exec director to African Cultural Policy Network

Nhimbe Trust executive director Josh Nyapimbi was elected on to the steering Committee of the African Cultural Policy Network (ACPN), as well as being appointed Convener of the ACPN Working Group on “Culture, the economy and creative/cultural industries” pursuit to his pioneering work with the Creative Economy Outlook Zimbabwe online Portal.  72 founding members from […]

The ‘Unified Women’ project unfolds in ‘Blue Skies’

The ‘Unified Women’ Project – a cultural exchange programme produced in partnership with The Young Vic Theatre (UK) for young women and emerging creatives from Zimbabwe and the UK – unfolded in Bulawayo in September after calls and selections of artists in the preceding months, and coordination of complex arrangements by the partners in Bulawayo […]

“Unified Women” project comes together in Bulawayo

     On 3 September 2017 under bright blue skies, seven young women from the Young Vic Theatre in London arrived in Bulawayo, to a warm African welcome by Nhimbe Trust, their hosts in ‘The Unified Women Project’, which rolls out in the next two weeks with women artists of Bulawayo at the Bluez Café, housed […]

Children in Theatre & Television’ grows stronger

Nhimbe Trust’s Children in Theatre & Television (CiTT) programme has been nurturing young thespians, writers and directors since 2007, and while it now has a primary focus on filmmaking, graduates from the theatre training continue to excel in theatre. Among these are the young and strongly-emerging Nobert Makoche and Elton Sibanda, whose work recently won […]

‘REVELATIONS OF YOU’ – LADY TSHAWE

‘REVELATIONS OF YOU’ – LADY TSHAWE Featuring So Profound and DeLukes FRIDAY 18 AUGUST 2017, 6.30pm, cc$5 Waterfront, Hillside Dams, Bulawayo ***Free transport from National Gallery at 5pm   This Friday 18 August, the dynamic young poet, actress, singer, dancer and writer ‘Lady Tshawe’ presents ‘Revelations of You’ – a rich evening of live music, […]

Busi Ncube launches ‘USIKO’ at home – Friday 25 August

On Friday 25 August, Bulawayo welcomes home BUSI NCUBE for the launch of her latest CD, ‘USIKO’ – (Traditions), at Bluez Café on Lobengula St in the heart of her home town.  The launch will also feature exciting soul sisters of Bulawayo – the vivacious singer and dancer Sandra Ndebele and the acclaimed women’s accapella […]

MANGOMA & ‘SADHANA’ to ignite Bulawayo, 24 Aug

Rich and colourful cultural exchange between music artists of the world :  Bluez Café, Bulawayo – Thursday 24 August 2017 In August the exciting cultural exchange project SADHANA will unfold in Zimbabwe, featuring four fascinating musicians from far- flung corners of the globe – Mukta Raste (India), Tedi En (Indonesia), Amy Garapic (USA) and Othnell […]